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    James A. Tulsky, MD

    James A. Tulsky, MD

    Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care

    Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School


    Palliative Care (Adult)

    Office phone: 617-582-9201
    Fax: 617-632-6180
    Email: jamesa_tulsky@dfci.harvard.edu

    Preferred contact method: appointment phone

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    Palliative medicine, Symptom management, Psychosocial care

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    450 Brookline Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215


    Dr. Tulsky received his A.B. from Cornell University, his M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, and completed internal medicine training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  He continued at UCSF as chief medical resident and subsequently as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.  He was on the faculty of Duke University from 1993-2015, lastly as Professor of Medicine and Nursing and Chief, Duke Palliative Care.  He joined Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in 2015 to be Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care. Dr. Tulsky has a longstanding research interest in clinician-patient communication and quality of life in serious illness. 

    Recent Awards

    • Pathfinder in Palliative Care Award, American Cancer Society, 2014
    • Award for Research Excellence, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2006
    • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, 2002
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